James Hill & Anne Davison performed Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean whilst in Porirua, New Zealand on the 13 March 2012, as part of the New Zealand International Arts Festival. In this video James talks about the different parts of how he plays the song on the ukulele, and is accompanied by Anne Davison on the cello. They do a great job together!
If you seen James play this before you’d be forgiven for thinking he may be using loops, but I can tell you from sat in the front row he plays all the different parts. Thanks to both of you for playing here in New Zealand.
The kids in my class at school thought it was great, and can’t wait to see the video I took where he uses chopsticks to play the ukulele – WOW!
The next chord we will look at in the ‘Play a Ukulele Chord’ series is the F chord.
You can click on the ‘Chord Diagram’ and the ‘Looks Like’ photo to make it bigger. Press the red arrow head in the ‘Sounds Like’ cell to hear a F chord played. There are two strums in the sound file. Firstly, a down-down-down-down strum. Secondly, a down-up, down-up, down-up, down-up strum. Each strum is played twice, the second time the strum is played is faster than the first.
Ukulele 4 Kids recently clocked up its 10,000th viewing. Viewers have visited from all over the world. Most views have come from people living in the USA. The following five countries are where most views have come from:
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Ukulele 4 Kids is starting a new series of posts to help you play the ukulele. The new series ‘Play a Ukulele Chord’, will show you a chord diagram, a picture of what the chord looks like being played and you can hear what the chord sounds like by listening to the sound file. All chords shown and played on a using a ukulele tuned GCEA.
You can click on the ‘Chord Diagram’ and the ‘Looks Like’ photo to make it bigger. Press the red arrow head in the ‘Sounds Like’ cell to hear a C chord played. There are two strums in the sound file. Firstly, a down-down-down-down strum. Secondly, a down-up, down-up, down-up, down-up strum. Each strum is played twice, the second time the strum is played is faster than the first.
A Collection of 50 Ukulele Licks is a resource that has been created by the musician Luca Tomassini also known as Jontom. The resource is is divided into five genres of music; Blues; Pop; Rock; Folk & Hawaiian. Each genre has ten licks, adding up to fifty in total. Some of the licks in each genre are inspired by some famous musicians such Jake Shimabukuro, Muddy Waters & Willie Nelson to name a few, and Jontom shares some licks of his own.
What do you get when you purchase? If you buy the licks for one genre, you get the links to download ten high quality instructional videos each lasting about two minutes. The video tutorials are clearly explained and have the benefit of having two playing views on the same screen, now that’s a nice touch. You’ll also receive PDF Tabs of each of the licks. So Jontom meets the needs of both auditory and visual learning styles.Buy the complete package and you’ll have all fifty instructional videos and PDF Tabs for each lick.
I’ve used some of the easier licks for teaching intermediate level playing kids of eleven to thirteen years of age. I’ve found they can learn them quite quickly when prepared to stick at trying them until they’re playing them. However, if you’re a complete beginner at playing the ukulele, they might not be for you just yet, but they’re worth having for inspiration and working towards playing.
With wide access to the Internet for downloading, I believe Jontom has discovered a niche market. However, just as a note, if you’re in a country that still has data-capped Internet and limited download speed like in New Zealand, it’s worth knowing that the combination of all fifty licks is about 1.3 GB in size.
What makes the resource extremely attractive is the price and the easy access to it. At 2 Euros for each genre or 8 Euros for all you’ve have a resource that you can use at home or on the go with a video playing phone. Go ahead choose all the genres, pay the fee, download, and expand your playing repertoire. You won’t be disappointed!
The book uses a simple method of adding coloured stickers to the fretboard to allow quick identification of where to place your fingers to play a chord.
With a little assistance from an older person kids as young as five will find it a helpful resource. There is also a play-along CD that comes with the book that allows you to feel the beat and improve your technique. Continue Reading
In wishing to expand the features on the ukulele 4 kids website I’ve created a video page. To view all ukulele 4 kids videos just click on the videos tab and you’ll be taken to the videos page. There you will find all the performance videos made by ukulele 4 kids – happy viewing!
I’d like to start by saying thank you to all the visitors to ukulele4kids.com, there were several thousand. This large number of visitors is great, considering the website only went live in October. The large number of visitors is also very motivating to continue developing the site. I’ve many new ideas to add to the site in 2012 to help it keep growing, and continue to encourage kids of all ages to start or continue playing the ukulele. You may have missed some of the posts, but there are several ways you can keep up to date with the posts of ukulele4kids.com. You could look through the archives, subscribe via email on our home page, follow us through Facebook, or keep up to date via Twitter. Below are the five most viewed posts of ukulele4kids.com during 2011, with Rudolph taking out the number one spot.